Powers pinch hits on State Supreme Court

Michael F. Powers, chief judge of the 8th Judicial District, sat with the Kansas Supreme Court Monday to hear appeals in five matters on the Court?s docket.

The Supreme Court appointed Powers to join them in place of Chief Justice Robert E. Davis, who will be on medical leave.

Powers is completing his 19th year as a district judge. He has been chief judge of the 8th Judicial District, which includes Dickinson, Geary, Marion and Morris counties, since 1994.

He was scheduled to hear oral arguments in two civil cases, two criminal cases and a driver?s license suspension appeal Monday, then participate in the high court deliberations and opinion drafting.

Ron Keefover, a spokesman for the court, said it?s not unusual to ask a district judge to sit in on the Kansas Supreme Court for individual appeals, but it is rare for a judge to fill in as a temporary replacement for a justice on medical leave.

?Judge Powers was designated, in part, due to his experience and role as a chief judge,? Keefover said.

Powers graduated with honors from Emporia State University in 1977 with a bachelor of science degree in education.

He graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1980.

Powers began the practice of law in Council Grove and served as Morris County attorney from 1980-91.

He was in private practice alone for three years and in the partnership of Bryant and Powers from 1983-91.

He is currently a member of the executive board of the Kan?sas District Judges Association and a member of the Kansas Bar Association and the American Judges Association.

Powers has resided in Marion since his appointment to the bench, and is involved in numerous community projects, including as play-by-play announcer for local television broadcasts.

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